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Recent Panama reviews

  • Oasis in a Jungle

    "We spent a month this past June 2014 in Panama, and we stayed at El Rio Encantado. We arrived late in the afternoon and Frank, the owner, showed us the way to our cabin, which was cottage 2 where we stayed for the first two weeks, then we moved to cottage 3 for another two weeks and on our last day, we stayed at the guest house. There are 3 cottages, a Guest House, the owner's house and a beautiful tree house (Frank's pride) under construction, which when finished, will have a zip line to cross the river. All cottages were clean and well-equipped. The Guest House is the smallest of all the units. This property is located on the road to Caldera and the river of the same name runs through it. Frank did a good job turning Rio Encantado into a civilized jungle complete with electric gate at the entrance, private roads, lit up pathways and stairs, a big swimming pool and manicured gardens turning a rugged terrain of land, river, waterfall and swimming holes into a designer jungle. What is amazing is that depending on where you are within this property, you can experience different micro climates. Frank's house and the Guest House sit at the entrance of the property with a lookout overlooking his resort and the swimming pool below. The climate there is warm and dry as it is at the highest point in the property. The climate in cottage 2 is warm and humid as it sits half way down the valley and it is under a dense canopy of trees. Cottage 3 is all the way down on the river, the climate there is dry and fresh as the sun comes through the foliage together with a gentle breeze. We were lucky we got to stay in different cottages except for cottage 1 and experienced these subtle but different micro climates, all within walking distance of each other but far enough to allow for privacy. The place was an oasis after a busy day out in town. Frank invited us for dinner in various occasion; once for BBQ hamburgers, the meat was good but the bread was burned. Later on, we learned that he never cooks because he doesn't know how to. So we thank you Frank for trying. On our last day, Frank invited us for a wonderful three course dinner prepared by Pablo, who is Frank's personal chef. Frank and his staff ( Jose and Rebecca) are excellent hosts. We enjoyed our stay and their hospitality. We would definitely recommend Rio Encantado to our friends."
    Guest: Cristina W Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 21, 2014
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  • Excellent Vacation with exercise built in!

    "Starfish Reef Villas are excellently appointed! The bedrooms are very comfortable. The decks are great for drinks, watching birds & just hanging out looking at the jungle. & you are up at mid tree level in their jungle. Four of us escaped the cold north lands of Texas & Ohio & went to Panama for this adventure. All of us love to cook & create wonderful food. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the stuff you could want to prepare fabulous meals. Jack & Kelly were wonderful hosts with helpful answers & ideas for adventures. Niko, the tireless grounds keeper, surprized us daily with fresh bananas, opened coconuts, papayas or bush peas. Whatever he found for us around the jungle. He also taught us some new spanish words & some words in his native Indio language. The jungle has lots flowers, huge trees, wonderful plants, birds, frogs, insects & sounds you can't identify or wonder what or who they might be coming from. The beach area is small & very private & wonderful. The snorkeling is good with lots of live corals, reef fish of all sizes, snowflake jelly fish, they don't sting just set on the bottom & lots of colorful starfish. Paddling the cayuco is a bit tricky, but you are already wet anyway. Be sure & take everything you think you want down to the beach with you. Its quite a hike both ways! Jack arranged a day trip to Crawl Caye for snorkeling, A great lunch & the on to Red Frog Beach & some much needed provisioning in Bocas Town. Be sure & make a good shopping list to start with & get everything you might want to take to Shepard Island on your first trip out. You'll be happy if you bring extra bags for your carry out goodies. Remember the beer store is an extra water taxi ride away, $10 each way. WE hope everyone enjoys their stay as much as we did. Thanks Jack & Kelly & Niko"
    Guest: ZekeandMarty Z. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 26, 2014
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  • Great Vacation Home - Honest and Helpful Owner!!!

    "We stayed at this property for 3 nights and our family of 7 greatly enjoyed it. The house is beautiful, inside and out and has everything you need for an enjoyable stay. The golf carts are fun and useful. The Beach Club has nice pools, nice staff, and good and reasonably priced food and drinks. The owner was very helpful and made the whole process very easy. Most importantly, the pictures and descriptions are accurate - you actually get what you think you signed up for (unlike other experiences we have had with VRBO). We will consider this one for a return visit and can highly recommend."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 1, 2014
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  • We were fascinated by Panamá!

    "The apartment was in perfect state. We did not have a problem in finding its location, we received help all the time even when we asked for an extra eKey. The building is very safe, and very well taken care of. There is a small market about 100 meters in distance and several other bigger ones 5 minutes in car. A lot if nice restaurants at walking distance, including a Pizza place next to it. The beach is beautiful and its very nice to swim in for long lengths of time. During the mornings we walked down the beach. The swimming pools in the buiding are excelent, the one on the top of the buiding has great space to relax, take the sun, Gym, Sauna and spectacular views. The nearby beaches where also fabulous. VRBO service was Excelent, Efficient, Safe and Reliable. Payment was quick and reimbursement was also expedicious. We were fascinated by Panamá. It´s definitely a Country we want to come back and vacation in. Thank you and we hope to have the opportunity to return soon."
    Guest: Adriana M. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 14, 2014
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